Thank you for this deeply intimate and powerful essay about your experiences. It resonated for me as it was a point of pride that I could "outdrink" the other girls and some men when I was in college. Yet I'd wake up in strange places because I would black out.

I absolutely think it is wise to warn our daughters of the risks of drinking. It's not a matter of being feminist or unfeminist--it's about raising their awareness of how every person, regardless of gender, is impacted by alcohol and how predators look for the vulnerable. I was fortunate that my girlfriends put up with my heavy drinking and looked out for me.

9X Top Writer. Proud grad of CA public schools. Committed to justice & leadership development. Wife & mom of 2 girls & 2 big dogs. Love to eat almost everything

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